Singapore has a rich history and culture. With the passage of time the city-state has emerged as an important trading destination in Asia. Diverse cultures, languages and religions give Singapore a cosmopolitan look.
The Government of Singapore spends a huge amount on education and it is among one of the top priorities of the government. After the secondary education, students can get themselves enrolled to a junior college and then move on to any one of the four universities present in the country.
These universities – the National University of Singapore, the Nan yang Technological University, the Singapore Management University, and the SIM University – provide state-of-the-art facilities and excellent opportunities in higher education.
The two public universities in the country – the National University of Singapore and the Nan yang Technological University each has more than 20000 students. These universities have a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes and doctoral degrees. The Singapore Management University is a private university funded by the government. The SMU provides excellent education in Management and Business streams.
The curriculum at the higher educational institutions has been patterned on a modular system. The undergraduate and graduate programmes are multi-disciplinary in nature. These programmes have been designed according to each student's ability, interest and ambitions.
Singapore: History, life and culture
Singapore is an island nation situated at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It is the smallest nation in the south-east of Asia. Primarily a small fishing town, it was ruled by the British since 1819 till the Japanese occupied it in World War II. In 1945, Singapore went back to the British, and remained with them till it became an independent country in 1965.
Although it is a small nation, Singapore has gained worldwide repute for creating a modern economy which is famous for its transparency and entrepreneurial capabilities. Singapore has also gained quite a reputation for being one of the most sought after travel and tourism destinations, especially for different shopping festivals.
Singapore is a multi-religious nation with the population consisting of Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and other faiths. Different ethnic districts are dotted all over Singapore, adding value to the colourful culture of Singapore. The country has four national languages but English has been adopted as the medium of communication in order to create a bridge across the cultural barriers.
Singapore is also home to quite a vibrant art and culture scenario. The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay regularly feature many famous artistes from around the world.
Singapore: A preferred educational destination
Singapore has the highest rate of literacy in the world. The education in Singapore is managed by the Ministry of Education. The ministry directs the education policy, controls the administration and development of state schools and maintains a supervisory and advisory role in private schools.
English has been incorporated as the first language in Singapore along with other mother tongues being taught as second languages. The bilingual policy and the merit-based educational system have proved to be distinctly successful in creating students who have excelled in international competitions in debating, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.
Singapore has 4 main Universities, 2 of which are public universities and the other 2 private universities. Other than these universities, there are 5 Polytechnics and several tertiary institutions which also give graduate and post graduate degrees. Besides these institutions, there are several international educational institutions which have set up their centers in Singapore.
If you are planning to study abroad in Singapore and want to apply to a Private Education Organisation (PEO), then as an overseas student, it has been advised to look for those PEOs which have the Student Protection Scheme (SPS) in place. Students applying to PEOs with a SPS enjoy a faster visa processing and a security deposit waiver. Another scheme called CaseTrust for Education has been launched to protect the interests of foreign students in Singapore.